Experiential Anatomy and Artistic Practice
This workshop is based on the traditional Indian practices that focus on mind expansion, which we will use as a resource for our creative artistic process. The workshop will include a close introspection of the inner processes of our bodies and we will try to establish a balance between the opposing poles of long-lasting standstill and active movement. The first step will be to redirect our attention to the inner activities during standstill, with the aim to make acute observations of the sensory, motoric and other inner activities. From there, we will build on this individually experienced anatomy, an organisation of the body defined purely by the inner sensations. Our objective will then be to train and enhance this sensory intelligence. These moments of silence can last for only a few moments or for up to half an hour, and they require a certain unobtrusive endurance and relaxation as well as a trained body. We will closely examine the limits of rest, endurance and our own ability to search. Our findings will finally leave us in a subtle space of expanded consciousness. Afterwards, we will talk about how this state can inspire us as individual artists and what kind of dance, situation or new space of possibility this state might generate.
is a choreographer and performer. She studied at the dance and performance academy P.A.R.T.S in Belgium. From 2005 until 2017, she worked closely with sculptor and installation artist Karl Karner on a more comprehensive concept of choreography that combines aspects of both the visual arts and performance. At the moment, her research focuses on cultural practices that involve mind expansion.
Since 2011, Linda Samaraweerová has been a student of yoga under Indian physician and scientist Dr. Mukund V. Bhole. In 2019, she also started studying Indian philosophy at the Academic Institute Kaivalyadhama, India. Her performative and choreographic works focus on the intersection between these traditional practices and her own current artistic activity. She has regularly been presenting performances at Tanzquartier Wien since 2009.
Mon 30 Nov – Fri 04 Dec 2020, 10.00–14.00,